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BharatNet Contracts: Delhi HC comes down heavy on firm for not replying to claims of 'fraud'

Lawstreet Journal 6 Oct 2021 7:15pm

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The Delhi High Court on October 4, 2021 came down heavily on a firm for not replying to a society’s plea alleging harassment and intimidation by police after it filed certain documents in a petition challenging the award of contracts under the BharatNet project.


Saying it deprecates the practice of maintaining silence, the high court granted four weeks to CSC e-Governance Services Ltd (CSC SPV), which the petitioner society claimed was a private company but allegedly projected itself as a government entity to get the contracts on nomination basis, to file reply and listed the matter for further hearing on November 29, 2021.

“We do not understand why respondent 4 (firm) is maintaining silence and what is the purpose of this silence,”  the bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said.

The bench stated that despite sending a notice to the firm long back, a reply has not been filed. “We deprecate the practice of maintaining silence,” it noted.

The court on September 2, 2022, issued a notice on the application by the petitioner society, Telecom Watchdog, which has claimed that its Secretary received a notice from police in connection with an FIR registered at the behest of the Centre to investigate the leakage of documents and amounted to obstruction of justice and criminal contempt of court.

The society's lawyer Prashant Bhushan sought an order for protection from any coercive action, which was refused by the bench saying that in case of any difficulty, the… Continue Reading...

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